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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 25, 2014 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did the 12 steps do in jerry? listen to npr...

The simplicity of the 12 step program is what makes it strong. It works for a lot of people. It helps if you already believe in a higher power; as an atheist it might not be right for someone like me, but thankfully I don't have any substance abuse problems.

AA has worked for many members of my family. It's not the only option but in most cases it's better than nothing.

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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 25, 2014 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did the 12 steps do in jerry? listen to npr...

The religious aspect of the 12 steps can definitely be a problem for some. I know it would be for me. One of my best friends has been dealing with addiction issues for a while now. He tried AA meetings but always said he felt disingenuous while there because he is an atheist. While he liked that he could speak freely and was with people that understood his situation, he felt as though he was lying the whole time because he does not, and never has, believed in God.

The other issue is that AA and other addiction group meetings are known to be great places to find drugs and drinking buddies.

Long story short, AA didn't work for him. I know it does for some though and I guess the key aspect of recovery is trying to do something about the problem.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Mar 25, 2014 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: did the 12 steps do in jerry? listen to npr...

The only thing you really need in order to stop is to truly want it. Everyone has the ability, few have the will. I think AA inspires some people, particularly those who can imagine a God of some kind.

Whatever works.

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